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Royal Mail sell-off takes coalition beyond Thatcher

Issue No. 2219

Government plans to sell off Royal Mail have got the Dracula-like bosses of private mail firms licking their lips.

They hope that privatisation, announced by business secretary Vince Cable last week, will be a way of sucking in still more public money.

This industrial vandalism goes further than even Margaret Thatcher dared. Tory and Lib Dem ministers have opened the way to the sale of 100 percent of Royal Mail.

This will mean thousands more job losses and the destruction of a vital public service.

A year ago Labour’s Lord Mandelson tried to sell part of the government’s shares in Royal Mail.

One of the contending buyers was TNT, which operates the Dutch postal system.

Last year TNT managed to close all its post offices. This year its bosses have handed out redundancy notices to all delivery workers on 25 hours a week or more.

Up until now, CWU union leaders have focused their strategy on targeting Tory and Lib Dem MPs in marginal seats.

But strikes remain the best way to drive a stake into the heart of this monstrous government.

The mood of the TUC was to confront those who want to destroy public services. The Royal Mail sell off will be an early test.

The Lib Dem conference this weekend is a chance to protest at the coalition’s vicious policies of cuts and privatisation.

Demonstrate at the Lib Dem conference in Liverpool—Sunday 19 September. Assemble 11am at the Anglican Cathedral and march to Liverpool Arena and Convention centre for a protest at 12noon.

Called by the TUC and many trade unions. Supported by Right to Work

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Tue 14 Sep 2010, 17:14 BST
Issue No. 2219
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